Yours, Mine and Ours: Supreme Court Speaks on the Patentability of Human Genes

(373 Ratings)

Produced on: November 14, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Last  summer,  the  Supreme  Court  issued  its  decision  in  Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. US Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics, et al, S. Ct.  2107  (2013),  regarding whether human genes are patentable. Although the Court held that isolated, naturally-occurring DNA  segments  are  unpatentable  products  of  nature,  that  is  not  the  end  of  the  story  for the  biotech  industry.  The  Court  also  held  that  non-naturally  occurring  DNA  segments  are patentable. 


This course explores the Courts’ decision and its effect on the current set of court challenges: the patentability of DNA segments in the context of primers (DNA strands that jumpstart DNA replication) and probes  (which are primers with an attachment). The course also evaluates the new US Patent Office Guidelines issued on March 4, 2014.


Learning Objectives:

I.   Understand  the Supreme Court decision in Association for Molecular Pathology, et  al. v. US Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics, et al, S. Ct. 2107 (2013)

II.  Grasp  the  patentability  of  DNA  segments  in  the  context  of  primers  (DNA  strands  that  jumpstart  DNA  replication)  and  probes  (which  are  primers  with  an attachment)

III. Evaluate the new US Patent Office Guidelines issued on March 4, 2014


Amy Goldsmith

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

Amy Goldsmith

Successful, profitable businesses share certain characteristics: immediately recognizable brands, desirable products or services, and a strategic plan which minimizes legal risks. Amy B. Goldsmith, a Partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, provides practical legal advice and connections to grow clients’ businesses with an emphasis on intellectual property.  She will advise you whether your trademark is available in the US and globally, if patents should be a part of your strategy, and if your design team’s new product shares too many features of the competition’s copyrighted bestseller. She will design contracts that make sense. If a dispute is on the horizon, she will be by your side until a fair resolution is reached.

Ms. Goldsmith protects the global interests of national and international clients in a variety of industries, including pet products, fashion, financial services, marketing automation, publishing, medical devices, and consumer and designer goods.

She is a director of the New York Women's Bar Association. She is also a member of the New York City and American Bar associations, a Superlawyer and is on the Board of Directors of Savvy Ladies, a non-profit whose mission is to educate women to be financially savvy.

She is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics for Lawline, and she is the author of several articles pertaining to intellectual property for Tableware Today magazine.

Ms. Goldsmith received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1982 and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1985.

Before joining Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, Ms. Goldsmith was a Partner at Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C.


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James B.

Excellent Presentation.

Saundra Y.

Very nice detailed slides.

Deanne M.

Interesting, although niche topic.

Chia-Lin S.

Interesting topic

Joseph S.

good job

John H.

well spoken

Gerard Charles D.

..clear voice need better background and more slides on biology, the cell and how the DNA is formed.

Beverly S.

Very knowledgeable lecturer.

Douglas W.

one of the best presenters in recent memory

Lynn H.


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